Aside from our logo, Red Hat® red is our most recognizable brand asset. Our core colors–red, black, and white–are in the Red Hat logo and are most closely associated with our brand. We use them to make a big impression. Every project starts with our core colors.
Start with our core color palette
Red Hat red
R 238 G 0 B 0
C 0 M 98 Y 85 K 0
R 255 G 255 B 255
C 0 M 0 Y 0 K 0
R 0 G 0 B 0
C 60 M 40 Y 40 K 100
Red is a strong color. Instead of filling a space with red, we use pops of red on a white, black, or gray background with a simple layout and plenty of white space to make it feel more open and approachable. It can be just as impactful as filling a space with red.
Use a white or neutral background that is open and not cluttered with too many design elements. Spacious and open designs help the most important elements of our message stand out.
Red Hat red is one of our most recognizable brand assets. Always use Red Hat red as the main accent in your color palette to make sure your design looks and feels like Red Hat.
Use a neutral background with pops of red and plenty of white space.
Red is a strong color. Try using a neutral background before filling a space with Red Hat red.
Use Red Hat red as the main accent color.
Do not use a tint or shade of red as the main accent color.
Add colors from our extended color wheel
When we need to move beyond red to communicate a certain tone or tell a specific story, we can either leverage a common color palette or we can create a new palette made up of colors from the Red Hat extended color wheel.
Choose a common color palette
Create a palette from our color wheel
Our extended color wheel starts with Red Hat red and adds 9 additional colors, from orange to purple. You can use darker or lighter shades of any of these colors. For ease of use, we have provided the color values for 1 to 3 tints and shades of each color.
Use no more than 2 of these colors in addition to red.
Shades (dark colors)
Use these as neutrals or to add shadow, not as dominant colors.
Tints (light colors)
Use these in diagrams and spreadsheets to add highlights.
Lead with white space
White space isn’t always white. Use an open background with a simple layout that is not cluttered with too many design elements.
Use red as the main accent
Red Hat red should be used in every palette. We can use red to create hierarchy and balance within the composition.
Use no more than 2 saturated colors
To create a palette that feels like Red Hat, avoid adding more than 2 saturated colors beyond Red Hat red. More saturated colors can feel chaotic or silly.
Use blue and purple thoughtfully
Purple and blue could unintentionally symbolize our relationship with IBM. When you use them, be mindful that the Red Hat brand should always be independent.
Use colors that work together and have good contrast.
Do not use colors together that vibrate or have low contrast.
When using limited colors, use red as the main accent with tints and shades to create balance and hierarchy.
Avoid using three saturated colors in a limited color palette.
Color across different applications
Our work should always look and feel like Red Hat, even when we are using colors other than red. Follow these best practices to ensure that whatever you’re creating uses color in a way that helps convey the message correctly and in a way that’s easy to understand.
Color in presentations
Whether distributed internally or externally, presentations should always feel like Red Hat. Use the presentation template, which uses our core colors and includes guidelines for using the extended color palette. Follow those guidelines for more on adding color to presentation elements like graphs and diagrams.
Color in illustrations
Illustrations can tell a story in a way that photography and icons cannot. We use illustrations to tell conceptual stories or describe nuanced ideas. Using a core color palette with red as an accent ensures that illustrations still look like Red Hat, but using an extended palette can help create the right tone for the story.
Color for accessibility
When designing for digital or print, consider color contrast and accessibility. Color that is too light or dark may obscure crucial information like text, warnings, and other informational elements. To test your design for maximum visibility, use an application like Color Oracle that shows you what different colors look like to people with visual impairments.
Color in user experience
Across our web properties and other interfaces, we’re mindful of how we use color for consistency and ease of use. We’ve chosen specific colors and palettes that maximize visibility on screen while staying true to our brand color palette.
Color in swag
Branded merchandise, also known as swag, is more than just pens and T-shirts. We use swag to engage our audience in our brand experience and to increase brand impressions, so start with our core color palette. If you use other colors, be consistent with what your program or group is using in other applications.